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March 31, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

Voter ID will be on ballot

Minnesota citizens will now decide if they want a voter ID requirement in the state constitution. The state House and Senate have approved the amendment, which will appear on the ballot this fall.

Voter ID is simple and effective: It requires any voter to show a photo ID in order to receive a ballot. It will eliminate voter fraud in any and all forms.

We congratulate our lawmakers for getting this measure in front of voters. We suspect it will soon be a law of our land.

Like a good neighbor ...

The Blue Earth City Council this week punted on a complaint about a business that is annoying a resident through the use of a wood-burner. A resident says chimney smoke is inundating his home.

But internally housed wood-burners are regulated by state law, so the city can't pass an ordinance to deal with it. Also, the city says the smoke isn't affecting enough people to be considered a "nuisance."

That all sounds a little rough for the citizen dealing with the smoke, but the business is willing to consider changes. A good neighbor "policy" does go a long way.

School seeking savings

Fairmont Area Schools this week gave notice to Southern Plains Education Cooperative that the co-op's days at Lincoln School are numbered. Fairmont Area wants to disassociate itself from Lincoln School and unload the facility to a developer, if one can be found.

Fairmont Area is not using Lincoln School and therefore, in keeping it open, is subsidizing its use by other entities. The district - its taxpayers - could be saving money through a sale or closure.

The groups using Lincoln will be able to find space and continue their programs.

Better solution needed

We are encouraged to hear that the downtown association in Fairmont continues to consider ways to revamp the $25 fine for parking more than two hours in the downtown area. There seems to be a clear consensus emerging that the recently implemented system of enforcement is not working in a way that is good for promoting visits to downtown.

One possible solution would involve enforcing the two-hour limit only on Downtown Plaza, opening up side streets to parking. Other ideas also are being considered. The city, meanwhile, is awaiting word from the downtown association. We hope a solution can be found soon.



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